Posts tagged - Birds

Greater Roadrunner Family

03/29/2015

Greater Roadrunner Family

We visited the Desert Botanical Garden this morning and were lucky enough be there to see two Greater Roadrunner fledglings. Below are a sequence of photos of what we believe was the first trip for one of the fledglings out of the cactus they have called home since their birth.

Two Young Roadrunners Together - Greater Roadrunner Family post

The nest is getting a little too small for two.

 

Roadrunner Lizard Treat - Greater Roadrunner Family post

Getting ready to serve up a little lizard for the family.

 

Young And Restless Roadrunner - Greater Roadrunner Family post

The fledgling exploring outside the nest.

 

Waiting For The Fledgling - Greater Roadrunner Family post

One of the parents waiting for a fledgling to leave the nest.

 

Roadrunner Fledgling Attitude - Greater Roadrunner Family post

Out of the nest for the first time and already has an attitude.

 

New sheriff In Town - Greater Roadrunner Family post

The new sheriff in now in town.

 

The Greater Roadrunner is a long-legged bird in the cuckoo family. It can outrace a human, kill a rattlesnake, and thrive in the harsh landscapes of the Desert Southwest. The Greater Roadrunner is also known as the chaparral cock, ground cuckoo, and snake killer. The Roadrunner nests on a platform of sticks low in a cactus or a bush and lays 3–6 eggs, which hatch in 20 days. The chicks fledge in another 18 days. Pairs may occasionally rear a second brood.

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Arte de Avian National Juried Exhibit

03/13/2015 – 04/26/2015

Arte de Avian National Juried Exhibit

 

Tubac Center Of The Arts - Arte de Avian National Juried Exhibit post

 

My image “Soaring Over Red Rock State Park” was selected for the Arte de Avian National Juried Exhibit. The “Arte de Avian” is an exhibit of art celebrating the beauty and spirit of birds and birding. Southern Arizona is a mecca for bird watching and has some of the best birding places in the world. People come from all over to see many rare species found in a few other places with confirmed sightings of more that 200 species of birds. The national juried exhibition is at Tubac Center of the Arts. There will be an Opening Reception on Friday the 13th in March, from 5 pm to 7 pm. The exhibit is juried by Tucson artist Ben Johnson.

Tubac Center of the Arts is the core of Tubac’s artistic heritage and identity. They pursue excellence in serving as a venue for artistic expression, appreciation and learning for those who create and enjoy art in southern Arizona.

 

 

Below is the image selected (photo info: 500mm, 1/2500 sec, f/8, ISO 400). It was captured on New Year’s Day 2015 at Red Rock State Park in Sedona.

Soaring Over Red Rock State Park - Arte de Avian National Juried Exhibit post

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Arizona Republic Weather Photo 01/31/2015 Harris Hawk

01/31/2015 – Harris Hawk

Arizona Republic Weather Photo

My “Feather Tips” photo was printed in Today’s Arizona Republic newspaper.  The image is from Litchfield Park. Below is a link to the complete Arizona Republic Weather Photo Gallery.

AZ Weather Photo Gallery

Feather Tips - Arizona Republic Weather Photo 01/31/2015 - Harris Hawk post

Below is a higher resolution version  (photo info: 500mm, 1/2000 sec, f/8, ISO 400).

Feather Tips - Arizona Republic Weather Photo 01/31/2015 - Harris Hawk post

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Arizona Highways Photo Of The Day 10/02/2014 – Dance Of The Owl

10/02/2014 – Dance Of The Owl

Arizona Highways Photo Of The Day 10/02/2014 – Dance Of The Owl

My “Dance Of The Owl” photo was selected as the Arizona Highways Photo Of The Day.  The image is of a Burrowing Owl from Goodyear. It was captured on August 17th 2013 .

 

Arizona Highways Photo Of The Day 10/02/2014 - Dance Of The Owl

 

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Arizona Republic Weather Photo 09/22/2014 – Great Horned Owl

09/22/2014 – Great Horned Owl

Arizona Republic Weather Photo

My “Bearizona George” photo was printed in today’s Arizona Republic newspaper.  The image is of a Great Horned Owl from Bearizona in Williams. It was captured on September 1st . George is part of their High Country Raptors show. The great background color was courtesy of the wood fence behind George. Below is a link to the complete Arizona Republic Weather Photo Gallery.

AZ Weather Photo Gallery

Bearizona George - Arizona Republic Weather Photo 09/22/2014 - Great Horned Owl post

Below is a higher resolution version  (photo info: 500mm, 1/200 sec, f/8, ISO 800).

Bearizona George - Arizona Republic Weather Photo 09/22/2014 - Great Horned Owl post

 

 

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Arizona Republic Weather Photo 09/07/2014 – Burrowing Owl

09/07/2014 – Burrowing Owl

Arizona Republic Weather Photo

The “All Turned Around” photo, an image of a Burrowing Owl from the West Valley captured on July 30th was printed in today’s Arizona Republic newspaper. Below is a link to the complete Arizona Republic Weather Photo Gallery.

AZ Weather Photo Gallery

 

All Turned Around - Arizona Republic Weather Photo 09/09/2014 - Burrowing Owl post

Below is a higher resolution version  (photo info: 500mm, 1/500 sec, f/8, ISO 400).

 

All Turned Around - Arizona Republic Weather Photo 09/09/2014 - Burrowing Owl post

This is a drawing of the same photo done by Karen Clarkson.

AllTurnedAroundKarenClarkson

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Arizona Sonora Desert Museum – Photo Trip

02/23/2014

Arizona Sonora Desert Museum

We have been wanting to go back to the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum for awhile. Last time we were there was in 2012. It was kind of a last minute decision, we had a rental car and decided to put some miles on it. Ended up leaving around 7:00 am, after our quick stop at Starbucks.

Before arriving at the ticket window we were greeted by a magnificent hawk, allowing the close-up capture below (photo info: 500mm, 1/500 sec, f/8, ISO 400).

Raptor Detail - Arizona Sonora Desert Museum post

A greeter for the Desert Museum.

We decided to get the family annual pass ($75) instead of purchasing two tickets ($39 for two). For Mr. Jimmy it would have only been $17.50 (Seniors). 🙂

Raptor Free Flight – 10:00 am

Each day at 10:00 am & 2:00 pm (thru April 14th this year) they have a Raptor Free Flight live animal presentation. They feature different birds during each show. Below is a Peregrine Falcon from the morning show (photo info: 500mm, 1/2000 sec, f/8, ISO 800).

Strike A Peregrine Pose - Arizona Sonora Desert Museum post

The Peregrine Falcon posing for the photographer

Hummingbird Aviary

You can’t miss the Hummingbird Aviary while you are at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum! Below is very up close capture (photo info: 90mm macro, 1/160 sec, f/8, ISO 800).

Tongue Of A Fledging  - Arizona Sonora Desert Museum post

A macro shot from the Hummingbird Aviary

Below is a short video of the hummingbird above.

Raptor Free Flight – 2:00 pm

Below is a Peregrine Falcon from the afternoon show (photo info: 500mm, 1/2000 sec, f/8, ISO 800).

Harris Hawk Soaring - Arizona Sonora Desert Museum post

The Raptor Free Flight from a different view point

 

More Than A Few Photos

Below is a slideshow of several more photos from our trip.

Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Map

Well, all good things must come to a end, and this is the end of our post on our trip to the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. Adios!

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Osprey – Wildlife Photography

11/09/2013 – 11/15/2013

Osprey

Well, it all started when we were taking a drive to check-out some of the Burrowing Owls in the West Valley. On the way there we spotted a large bird on top of a power pole. After turning around, we discovered it was a hawk. Got a couple of shots off before it took off. The lucky part was while we were following the hawk, we then spotted another large bird, which we latter found out was a Osprey. Osprey are also known as sea hawks, fish eagles or fish hawks. They are a fish-eating bird of prey. Our Osprey was located on a pole just above a water canal.

The Guardian

In many Native American tribes the Osprey is considered a type of eagle. Osprey are sometimes seen as guardians in traditional legends. Seeing one is sometimes considered to be a warning of danger to come (photo info: 500mm, 1/1600 sec, f/8, ISO 200).

The Guardian - Osprey post

Wings Of The Raptor

Osprey are one of the larger raptors, reaching more than 71 inches (180 cm) across the wings (photo info: 500mm, 1/1600 sec, f/8, ISO 200).

Wings Of The Raptor - Osprey post

Praying For Fish

The title for this photo is actually Talon Tied, but I think the title above is better. It came from a comment by Larry Pollock (photo info: 500mm, 1/1600 sec, f/8, ISO 200). Osprey and owls are the only raptors whose outer toe is reversible, allowing them to grasp their prey with two toes in front and two behind.

Talon Tied - Osprey post

A Few More Photos

Below is a slideshow of several more Osprey photos captured over the last few days.

Well, all good things must come to a end, and this is the end of our post on the Osprey. Adios!

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